Sam oversees NGA’s policy, information and research service, ensuring it adds to the learning of the organisation and best improves the governance of schools while supporting the chief executive in leading the organisation to achieve positive change in the policy of school governance. Sam is also the policy lead for NGA’s work on multi academy trusts and specialises in MAT governance structures and schemes of delegation. Sam’s other responsibilities include overseeing the delivery of NGA’s e-newsletter and bi-monthly magazine, Governing Matters to NGA members. Sam is joint author of the Staying in Control of Your Destiny series and has been lead author on NGA’s induction guide Welcome to Governance for the last three years.
Sam has been working in school governance for 10 years. Before joining the NGA, Sam worked for a large multi academy trust with more than 30 schools, leading an in-house governance team, supporting the trust board and its academy committees across a national network of academies providing training, advice and guidance. Prior to that, Sam has also worked for a local authority and in the financial services sector.